News

Chinese hackers pursue key data on U.S. workers

Chinese hackers pursue key data on U.S. workers

CYBER SECURITY:The hackers gained access to some of the databases of the Office of Personnel Management before federal authorities detected the threat and blocked them from the network. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the United States government agency that keeps the personal information of all federal employees in March, the New York Times reported, citing senior U.S. officials.

The hackers appeared to be targeting files on tens of thousands of employees who have applied for top-secret security clearances, the newspaper said.

The hackers gained access to some of the databases of the Office of Personnel Management before federal authorities detected the threat and blocked them from the network, the newspaper said.

It was not yet clear how far the hackers penetrated the agency’s systems, in which applicants for security clearances list their foreign contacts, previous jobs and personal information like past drug use.

Tensions are high between China and the United States.

The United States recently charged five Chinese military officers, accusing them of hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets. China showed its anger over the allegations by shutting down a bilateral working group on cyber security.

On Wednesday, China and the United States began annual talks in Beijing, called the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, expected to focus on cyber-security, maritime disputes, the Chinese currency and an investment treaty.

(Reporting by Supriya Kurane in Bangalore; Editing by Paul Tait)

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

This weekend in entertainment history

rainman

A look back on some of Hollywood's most memorable headlines.

in Music

Taylor Swift, Joe Walsh surprise fans at Kenny Chesney concert

Kenny Chesney performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 in New York.

Taylor Swift and Joe Walsh surprised the crowd at a Kenny Chesney concert by appearing onstage for impromptu duets.

in Music

This week’s top country tracks

aldean

LISTEN: This week's top country tracks, according to the latest Billboard chart.

in Entertainment

Angelina Jolie crowned world’s top feminist icon

Angelina Jolie arrives at the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles.

Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson top the list of the world's foremost feminist icons.

in Entertainment, National

Celebrities protest new Indiana law

George Takei poses for a portrait at Quaker Good Energy Lodge with GenArt and the Collective , during the Sundance Film Festival, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in Park City, Utah.

Celebrities call for an Indiana boycott after the passing of a controversial law that could lead to discrimination against gay couples.